Intimacy with Jesus: Looking at Jesus’ Creation
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
There is a passage written by the Apostle John that not too many people know about and it tells us exactly who created all things and for whom all things are created: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3, NIV)
All through the centuries God has spoken to mankind- and so- mankind at the very least knows by the stars and universe above and the earth below that there is a Creator God. But- in the book of John- the Apostle gets even more specific than that and is basically telling us, “Jesus- the Eternal Word- made all things and all things are made for Him.” It is kinda mind-blowing that we can be that specific- but we know John is speaking of the Lord Jesus in the first three verses of the gospel of John.
These days, I’ve been walking every day. Sometimes I just pause to draw more near to the Lord in intimacy through reflecting on His creation. I look at the grass, sky, trees, the stars at night, and on and on creation goes- I’m looking at it thinking, “you are so fortunate to know the Creative One who made all of this.” Then I just automatically break out in praise during times like that.
Creation isn’t going anywhere until God says so. Other things come and go- but, there is always something to “stop and smell the roses” about- always. When you think of the variety of life and the awe inspiring variety of the non-living scattered everywhere- think this, “Jesus is really creative!” It brings you closer to Him.
Everywhere you look there is motion- even in places you can’t see it. At an Atomic-Level and Sub-Atomic level- the Grand Canyon is vibrating with motion. Electrons and Neutrons and particles and waves are in motion. You can’t stop them even if energy is simply spent and moves into a “lesser form of energy.”
When we share an intimate moment with others it is often around something they made or did. The conversation of two friends as they draw nearer to each other is often about their achievements or their creations. Those moments of show-and-tell aren’t just for children- adults do it all the time- show and tell. It is a self-revelation of who they are. It’s the same with Creation. Creation- says the Psalmist- is speaking to us every day. Paul says that we can get a better grasp of Jesus’ invisible qualities, eternal power, and Divine Nature. Next time you look at something in creation you like- whisper this, “Thank-you Jesus. You made this and I absolutely love it and so love You too.”